There is probably a longer blog post coming about this, Real Soon Now but here is the flash skinny.

  • Jetpack stats is great to get you started but it is very basic. Need something more.
  • I hate Google so I’m avoiding Google Analytics.
  • I do not want to install scripts on my server. I want a remotely hosted solution with the data on somebody else’s server.
  • I don’t have high traffic and I’m not selling anything or serving ads so I don’t need anything fancy.
  • I hate companies that do not say straight up how much their service costs and if they have a free option.  Obfuscation has become way too prevalent in the marketplace. They want you to sign up first then tell you what is available.  Not worth my time.

There are some really good solutions out there but they fail on one or more of my points listed above.

Many of the old players have gone dark. There are many new players that I’ve never heard of.  We’ll see.

Any suggestions as to who is good any why?

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A grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change.

Source: The untold good news story of America today – BBC News

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What the Indieweb really needs is some practical, plain language documentation to lead end users through the forest of plugins, jargon and bailing wire setups to get the mainstream blogger to the promised land of Indieweb goodness.

Example: If I use Jetpack to post to Twitter, will that give me all the same Indieweb Webmention, commenting type goodies as using Brid.gy?  If not, what specifically won’t work?

It’s all fine to say “Install this and don’t worry” but then Bridgy suddenly breaks and won’t post to Twitter.  What then?  Will Jetpack do just as well?

And what about G+?

I know some have been diligently trying to provide guides to this stuff  but there are problems.

  1. To many links in the chain. Weakest link breaks, then we have a Scudhunt trying to find which link is broken.
  2. There are X number of ways to syndicate (crosspost) content. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each way?
  3. Indieweb plugin by plugin practical guides for WordPress. Like the problem of empty Titles on microposts and WordPress wanting to assign a number as the title. Getting around that.
  4. What works best for what.
  5. Don’t send me to Github.  That’s for developers. You don’t want the general public bouncing around there.

The point is if the Indieweb is ever going to grow beyond a small niche thing for developers it really needs some refining, documentation and streamlining. Their goals are noble, their efforts worthy but barriers for broader adoption do exist. And we are hitting those.

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We know the Facebook app tracks where you go via GPS.  Ithink it is safe to assume the Twitter app does the same.  There have been many rumors that the Facebook app (and others) might be listening into our conversations via our phones.  The article below offers confirmation.

There is a simple solution: uninstall the Facebook app from your phone.  Then login to your account via your phone’s web browser.  Bookmark that.  The web interface for Facebook (Twitter too) is very good and should provide more privacy from your microphone.  The downside (if it is a downside) is you won’t get those notifications on your phone when somebody responds to your posts.

I uninstalled both the Twitter and Facebook apps on my phone and use only the browser web access.  Works great and I do not miss being bothered by all those notifications.  Try it.

Here’s how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.

Source: Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia – VICE

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